Application Process, Program Details & Eligibility

Application Process

Policy Fellow applicants will be asked to provide an abstract describing their efforts to influence, inform, or advance a policy matter that affects the individuals, families or communities with which they work. If selected for the program, Fellows will work one-on-one with their mentors through virtual communication to further their change strategy and thoughtfully develop their work in preparation for presenting at the NSWM’s Annual Management Conference.

Fellows will be asked to address the following questions within their abstracts:

Motivation: Why do you care about this policy issue?

Problem Statement: What problems are you trying to solve?

Approach: How will you go about solving or making progress on this policy issue?

A few examples of such projects include those that:

  • Offer alternatives to problematic program design of publicly funded initiatives
  • Involve policy advocacy for innovative programming that address gaps in service needs or structural inequities, e.g., living wage issues
  • Amplify community voice and community engagement with policy makers
  • Educate policy makers with research findings and other data in order to promote better policy solutions for vulnerable populations and communities served by that agency.

Program Details

  • Fellows will make a commitment to reflection, study, and develop skills and new relationships.
  • Fellows will join a diverse cohort of 15 human service and/or health care management professionals, 5 of whom will be from New York City, representing various social work sectors.
  • Fellows will participate in group check-ins for support and to foster a peer network.
  • Fellows will meet for 2-3 hours per month with a mentor between October 2019 and June 2020.
  • Fellows will travel to New York City for the opportunity to formally present their projects at NSWM’s 31st Annual Management Conference.

1st Year Policy Fellow Experience

1st Year Policy Fellows:

Fellows will engage in a poster project of their own design to address a public policy issue, which will be presented at the Network’s Annual Management Conference. Policy Fellows can expect to spend a few hours per month on activities related to the program.

Additional Deliverables:

  • Submit final reports on on their policy projects and articles for publication (Required)
  • Submit an article to NSWM’s Community Voice blog (Required)
  • Submit a proposal to co-present a paper with their mentor at NSWM’s Annual Management Conference (Optional)
  • Submit an article to NSWM’s Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership and Governance Journal (Optional)
  • Submit a socially conscious writing to a nationally known newspaper e.g. Huffington Post (Optional)

2nd Year Policy Fellowship Experience

2nd Year Fellows: 

Fellows will present on a panel about the past two years of work they have completed throughout the Policy Fellow program at the Annual Management Conference.

Additional Deliverables:

  • Submit final reports on on their policy projects and articles for publication (Required)
  • Submit an article to NSWM’s Community Voice blog (Required)
  • Submit a proposal to co-present a paper with their mentor at NSWM’s Annual Management Conference (Optional)
  • Submit an article to NSWM’s Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership and Governance Journal (Optional)
  • Submit a socially conscious writing to a nationally known newspaper e.g. Huffington Post (Optional)

Eligibility

Fellow Eligibility

  • NSWM member
  • Must provide proof of employment as employer has to be supportive of fellowship
  • Must live in the United States
  • 15 Fellows will be accepted
    • 5 Fellows will be selected from New York City
  • Submission of the Policy Fellows application form
  • Preference given to holders of a Masters degree who work in a management capacity
  • Hold a strong interest and/or experience in policy
  • Availability to participate through the length of the program (9 months, October 2019-June 2020)
  • Availability to travel to the Network’s 31st Annual Management Conference in New York City on June 3-5, 2020
    • All registration fees will be waived and a $1,000 travel and supply stipend will be provided to those that attend and present

Mentor Eligibility

  • NSWM member (or willing to join at no cost)
  • Must live in the United States
  • 5+ years of policy experience and in an executive role. PhD preferred but not required
  • Availability to participate through the length of the program (9 months, October 2019-June 2020)
  • Ability to commit to 2-3 hours per month mentoring a Fellow on a policy project
  • Availability to travel to the Network’s 31st Annual Management Conference in New York City on June 3-5, 2020
    • Registration fees will be waived
  • Access to equipment (internet and telephone)

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Applications are due Sunday, September 8, 2019